The Project: The Complex Nature of the French Language, Even for Francophones
The Scholar: Jason Rhett ’20
What I Created: I created a glossary that presented English words and phrases, followed by the French equivalent for speakers in France, and then a translation for speakers in Quebec, both in the traditional dialect, and, where applicable, a slang variation.
What I Learned: During my research, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak to people from Quebec and Senegal and to learn that French is different depending on where you go in the world. When learning the language in school, I always thought that the language was spoken the same in every Francophone country, so learning about the differences within the language was eye opening for me!